Meet Our Staff
Autumn Care’s Person-Centered approach means we work to recruit the area’s best talent. Autumn Care employees have a heart to serve older adults and are dedicated to our core values of excellence, integrity, respect and compassion.
PETER FALK, LNHA
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Falk is Autumn Care’s Founder and CEO. He has a degree in health care administration from the University of Seventh Day Adventist, is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Certified Nursing Assistant, and a licensed building contractor.
Peter has worked for some of the best rehabilitation and assisted living corporations in the country and has vast amounts of knowledge and experience in caring for seniors. With an unlimited depth of resources provided by the entire organization, Peter is very involved and continues to ensure Autumn Care is able to offer excellent services in each community that we serve.
MARI FALK, MBA CPA
Chief Operating Officer
Mari oversees every aspect of the company which includes the quality of service, amenities, care, and programming for each and every Autumn Care Assisted Living Community. Mari has over 10 years of experience in the industry and has been with the company since its inception in 2008.
VP of Finance & Accounting
Chris has lived in Knoxville most of his life and is a Webb School of Knoxville alumni. He is a graduate of the Daniels School of Business at Denver University with a minor in history. He joined Autumn Care in 2015 and is responsible for accounting and finance operation of the company. In his spare time, Chris enjoys golf and is a skilled musician.
CAROL HUDDLESTON, RN
VP of Operations
Carol Huddleston is a Registered Nurse; she obtained her Bachelors Degree from King University. She is married to Retired Sargent Preston Huddleston and the mother of 2 daughters and a son. Carol has spent over 20 years taking care of the Geriatric population. In her spare time she likes reading and taking care of her 4 grandchildren.
DEAVER SHATTUCK, MD
Deaver Shattuck was born in Knoxville and raised in Clinton. A charter member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, he was the original hospitalist at Blount Memorial Hospital where he still practices. He founded and is medical director of Blount Hospitalists. He has served at BMH as chief of staff and spearheaded several quality initiatives: he championed the hospital’s EMR implementation, established the sepsis team and led the effort for the hospital to become a primary stroke center. He continues to serve as medical director for the stroke program.
With the business success of Blount Hospitalists he and his friend Dr. Teresa Catron co-founded what has grown to be the largest private geriatric group in Tennessee, Blount Senior Care Partners. This group provides complete care in a unique model from several venues: their geriatric specialty clinic, all of the long term care, rehab, and assisted living facilities in Blount County as well as Blount Memorial Hospital. They have developed service lines not just in specialty geriatric care, but also foot and wound care and the only fully integrated geriatric focused mental health services in the area.
Heartened by the growth and the clinical excellence of these groups he decided to expand their care model into Knoxville with HouseCall Primary Care.
Shattuck serves on Tennessee’s Stroke Best Practices Task Force and on the church council at St. John’s Lutheran. He often presents on stroke care and on our community’s addiction epidemic. His wife Christie and he recently celebrated their 25th anniversary and have 5 children.
ASHTON WATSON, FNP
Ashton Watson is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career in 2010, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, TN. She later earned her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from Carson Newman in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and licensed by the state of Tennessee as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Ashton started her career in critical care medicine. She went on to become a Nurse Practitioner and began her career in the field of geriatrics. She currently works in skilled nursing facilities as well as assisted living facilities. Ashton is married and has two beautiful children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, Tennessee football, and traveling as much as possible!
JENNA FROST, NP
Jenna is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She started her clinical career as RN and team leader on a med-surg unit. Her time as an RN helped solidify her passion for the geriatric population. She felt a calling to care for & be the voice for those who cannot always speak for themselves.
Jenna graduated with her master’s in nursing in 2018 from Lincoln Memorial University. She provides care in local nursing homes and assisted livings, enabling her to help seniors maximize their mental health. Jenna is a Knoxville native, born and raised. In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She enjoys reading, going to church, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats!
Director of Nursing – Karns
Kayla was born and raised in Knoxville. She obtained her nursing license thru Tennessee Technology Center. Kayla has ten years of geriatric experience. She loves caring for her patients and enjoys working with their families. Kayla and her husband, Kevin have two beautiful daughters. She enjoys going to church, where her husband is pastor, and spending time with her family.
Director of Nursing – West Knoxville
Brandie is from Knoxville, TN. She has 15 years of experience working in healthcare with the Senior Community. Brandie takes compassion in caring for others which is what drew her to Nursing. Brandie began her career in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant then decided to further her education as a Nurse. Brandie has a passion for nursing and she takes pride in caring for her residents and interacting with their families. Brandie is very family oriented so in her spare time she loves spending time with her husband and their three beautiful children.
Director of Nursing Farragut
Christina is a licensed practical nurse. She graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She has been in the nursing profession for 19 years. During her career Christina has worked in diverse fields of medicine including: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and Cardiology. She was in charge of the Coumadin Clinic, was a Gynecology/ Obstetrics nurse, and was a school nurse for Blount Co. schools as their Special Ed. Nurse. Christina furthered her education at the University of Tennessee, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, focusing on medical and cultural aspects.
In 2018, she began working in the Assisted Living Industry. She began as a charge nurse, promoted to the Bridges to Rediscovery Director (A program that is based on Montessori skills and activities for residents that have Dementia) Then was promoted to the Director of Nursing, to focus on the resident’s plan of care, organize, develop, and direct the overall operation of the Nursing Department.
Christina is married to Clinton, and is the mother of five children. She has two sons that attend college, one son in high school, her daughter is in middle school, and her youngest son in preschool. When Christina is not at work, she enjoys watching her daughter dance ballet, and take the family to the mountains along with their 10- year-old Standard Poodle Miley.
William "Al" Holley
Food Service Director
Chef Al’s culinary career began early on, inspired by his Southern roots. Al’s repertoire flourished during his time at the Downtown Hilton, followed by a career at two local country clubs, where he continued to develop and refined his management and culinary techniques. He is a professional chef with 30+ years of extensive experience in Southern and fine dining cuisine. After his years of experience with country clubs, Al went on to work with restaurants for Clayton Homes, Regal Cinema (Cinnabarre), and The Local Eatery and Grille. Throughout his career, he has managed dining services for small to large parties while supervising and motivating staff to perform to the best of their abilities across every service.